Supporting Maritime Safety, ITS Hands Over iStow to the NTSC

Saturday, 25 February 2023 – Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) submitted an innovation work, iStow which is useful for the safety of sea transportation to the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC).

iStow, made by the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), is the only stowage planning software made by Indonesia. By submitting this innovation to the NTSC, it will have the opportunity to be applied more broadly in the country.

The Head Researcher of ITS iStow Dr Ing Ir Setyo Nugroho explained, currently iStow has pocketed various international certificates with high credibility. This is what he believes is that the implementation of iStow has been recognized as safe globally.

“iStow uses ship stability and strength calculations in accordance with the safety criteria of the International Maritime Organization (IMO),” said the Head of the ITS Marine Transportation Engineering Department during the handover of the iStow innovation results to the Chair of the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) in the ITS Rectorate Building, Friday (24/2/2023).

This bespectacled man explained more deeply that currently the condition of ships in Indonesia is that there are still many that have not used standardized cargo calculation standards. Namely, starting from being prone to human error to calculating accuracy that does not meet standards. This also triggers many maritime accidents that still occur.

Continuing this statement, the Head of the KNKT Dr. Ir Soerjanto Tjahjono acknowledged that currently the stowage plan is still being made manually with a high error rate. iStow’s role will be a new opportunity as well as a prospective challenge for the maritime sector in Indonesia.

“iStow has been assisted with digital transformation, so the loading planning process is very fast,” he explained.

Soerjanto further added, in the maritime sector in Indonesia, iStow, which is software for planning ship loading, can later be applied to all ships in Indonesia that will sail.

“The main problem in cases of sinking ships today is the problem of stability, this is where the role of iStow is needed,” he explained.

Alluding to iStow’s future prospects, Deputy Chancellor IV for Research, Innovation, Cooperation, and Alumni ITS Bambang Pramujati ST MSc Eng PhD stated that ITS needs the support of more industrial partners so that the hopes of this innovation to improve maritime security can be achieved.

“This is where ITS believes that the KNKT can utilize iSTow more progressively and comprehensively,” he said optimistically. (iB-1)